AN UN­FAIR FIGHT

A PROPALESTINIAN SPEECH FROM CNN CON­TRIB­U­TOR MAC LA­MONT HILL SAW HIM GET FIRED THE VERY SAME DAY AFTER HE CALLED FOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AC­TION AGAINST THE ATROC­I­TIES CAR­RIED OUT BY IS­RAEL AGAINST PALES­TINE

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The US Cable News Net­work (CNN) has ired Marc La­mont Hill, a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor, after he gave a con­tro­ver­sial ad­dress at the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple. Dur­ing his speech he pointed out that 2018 marks the 70th twin an­niver­saries of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights and the Pales­tinian Naqba (Catas­tro­phe). He then went through the text of the dec­la­ra­tion and sys­tem­at­i­cally demon­strated that its prin­ci­ples have been to­tally ig­nored in the case of the Pales­tinian peo­ple, who were de­nied self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, were at­tacked and driven from their homes by Is­rael dur­ing its 1948-49 war and have been de­nied their rights ever since then.

He quoted the dec­la­ra­tion’s text which states that all peo­ple “are born free and equal in dig­nity and rights” and then ar­gued that Is­rael de­nies free­dom, equal­ity and rights to all Pales­tini­ans, whether ci­ti­zens of Is­rael — Pales­tini­ans who re­mained in their homes, towns and vil­lages dur­ing Is­rael’s war of es­tab­lish­ment — or in­hab­i­tants of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, oc­cu­pied by Is­rael in 1967. Fur­ther­more,

Hill stated, “..it is clear that any free­doms nat­u­rally en­dowed to hu­man be­ings are ac­tively be­ing stripped from Pales­tini­ans through Is­raeli state­craft.”

He listed the ways Is­rael car­ries out this op­er­a­tion by deny­ing Pales­tini­ans hous­ing, es­sen­tial ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, and us­ing vi­o­lence, tor­ture, im­pris­on­ment with­out just le­gal process, ex­ile, and ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion. The list of in­jus­tices is long and well known by mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity but Western pow­ers ig­nore Is­rael’s prac­tices and ac­tions. He urged coun­tries and peo­ples who are crit­i­cal of Is­rael to trans­late the ine words of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion into deeds by em­brac­ing boy­cotts, divest­ment and sanc­tions (BDS) to put pres­sure on Is­rael to mend its ways.

He con­cluded by call­ing on the gath­er­ing to “com­mit to po­lit­i­cal ac­tion, grass­roots ac­tion, lo­cal ac­tion and in­ter­na­tional ac­tion that will give (Pales­tini­ans) what jus­tice re­quires. And that is a free Pales­tine from the river to the sea. “While the en­tirety of his ad­dress clearly an­gered Is­rael and its sup­port­ers, his con­clu­sion, un­for­tu­nately, crossed a red line. Ac­cord­ing to Is­raelis, he had sug­gested ei­ther trans­form­ing Is­rael into a sec­u­lar, bi-na­tional demo­cratic state where Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis could co­ex­ist or re­plac­ing the Is­raeli state with an Arab Pales­tinian state.

The Zion­ists who cre­ated

Is­rael to be a Jewish en­tity with a Jewish pop­u­la­tion claim that the very words “from the river to the sea” spo­ken by Pales­tini­ans or their sup­port­ers mean the ex­ter­mi­na­tion or eth­nic cleans­ing of Is­raelis.

Of course, right-wing Is­raelis of­ten use the phrase “from the river to the sea,” mean­ing from the Jor­dan River to the Mediter­ranean Sea, to state their am­bi­tion to oc­cupy the area in per­pe­tu­ity.

They also seek to fol­low the dic­tum of Theodor Herzl, the found­ing fa­ther of Is­rael, in­volv­ing the trans­fer of Pales­tine’s na­tive pop­u­la­tion across the bor­ders into neigh­bour­ing states. This is pre­cisely what Is­rael has been do­ing since the Naqba.

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